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Williamson Named Section Head of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jeff D. Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., has been named head of the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. His role includes leading the clinical programs for aging adults that are part of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation.

“Dr. Williamson is well prepared for this important position,” said Thomas D. DuBose Jr., M.D., the Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. “His national reputation and superb credentials, particularly his experience and proven capabilities in research, patient care, education and administration, renders him an excellent choice for this position.”

Earlier this year, Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D., was named director of the Center on Aging, a research program focused on improving the health of older adults and preventing age-related disability.

“I am absolutely convinced that the combined appointment of Drs. Williamson and Kritchevsky represents the best possible team anyone could assemble for the continued advancement of the Center on Aging,” said William B. Applegate, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and dean of Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Williamson, who also directs the Roena Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research, is a graduate of Emory University. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a residency at University of Maryland Hospital and fellowships in geriatric medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. He is board certified in internal medicine and in geriatric medicine.


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